Dyke new chairman at BFI

Ex-BBC exec succeeds Minghella

The U.K. Film Council has named former BBC director general Greg Dyke the new chairman of the British Film Institute.

Dyke takes over from British helmer Anthony Minghella, who has chaired the organization since 2003. Dyke's four-year tenure begins in March.

The BFI is funded by the U.K. Film Council and charged with carrying out a range of activities supporting and developing film education and culture in the U.K.

"With more than 30 years' experience in the television industry, starting as a researcher at LWT and becoming the director general of the BBC in 2000, Dyke has a wealth of experience in the private and public sectors and a long track record of leadership and running large organizations," the BFI said Friday.

In his four years at the BBC, Dyke started four digital television channels, five digital radio stations, opened two BBC regions, launched the BBC's interactive television services and was the driving force behind Freeview.

Said Stewart Till, chairman of the U.K. Film Council: "I am absolutely delighted that Greg has agreed to lead the BFI, not least because of his track record of leading large organizations and his exceptional ability to inspire and motivate the people around him."